We had a fab time in Portugal.
The golf courses were great, my girlfriend loved the beach. The Indian and Hotel restaurants were fantastic. Your hotel accommodated me with a late check out after we returned from golfing. It was great and you will see me (us) again. My friends have already asked me to plan another get-a-way.
Thanks for everything, we needed a great weekend in our life.
Hei again from Norway!
Once again thank you for a most enjoyable week in Portugal !
We had such a good time - and we are really looking forward to open
the golf-season at home though it may take some time, owing to a
never-giving-up winter !!!
Till next time.
Bjorg & Peter
Happy New Year Helen!
Belated NY greetings and a belated thank you for looking after us when we stayed at "The Garbe" in November. Claire and I have very fond memories of the staff in the Holiday Inn, the friendly people of Armacao de Pera and the golf, especially as the UK is currently under a blanket of heavy snow!
Your advice and assistance on golf courses and eating places was invaluable and our experience at Balaia, Vale de Milho, Alto, Silves, Ze Leiteiro, A Tasca and The Whisky Bar were such that Claire now wants to live in the Algarve! Until we can make that a reality, we will include The Algarve as our premier holiday destination and very much look forward to seeing you and Jane again.
All the very best to you next year.
Bill & Claire
Picton, Yarm, North Yorkshire
We would like to thank you for all your invaluable help and advice before we arrived via e mail and during our stay.
We had a wonderful time and enjoyed our stay very much at Holiday Inn. Our room was perfect and breakfasts were delicious, every member of staff we met was friendly and helpful!
Dawn & Tony
We just wanted to thank you for arranging the golf lesson for us, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was really nice to visit the academy which was perfect for ourselves.
We found your welcome back and local recommendations really helpful too.
You really made us feel welcome at the hotel and were very helpful in every way, we will definitely recommend and consider returning with our children next time.
Merryn from Exeter
Thanks for your and Jane's excellent admin of our golfing break, everyone was very impressed as they also were with the hotel which exceeded their expectations.
Can I just let you know that we all enjoyed a meal at the restaurant that does "all you can eat" fish. Can't remember it's name but it was a great experience. Mind you the 6 euros a jug of wine helped!
Having taken a straw pole there wasn't one of the courses that we wouldn't be happy to play again!
PS The sunshine you sent over here didn't arrive. We had 3 inches of snow instead!
Hi Jane and Helen,
Now safely returned to the UK, where it is grey, damp and cold. The sunshine of the Algarve seems a million miles away!
Our golfing break was hugely enjoyable and its success owes a lot to the efficiency of your arrangements and the pleasant manner with which you dealt with all of our enquiries and comments. So, thank you both very much. Thanks also to the staff at the hotel who, as always, were unfailingly polite and helpful.
We'll be back next year!
Hey again , and thank you for a wonderful week !
Saturday ended up as a small miracle at Pinto - we played alone just 3,5 hours, wonderful weather and good golf -talk about a tremendous finish !!!
We loved Pinta, Silves and Gramacho - in that order - and will try to concentrate on these courses next time.
We are already planning for next year, as we both feel that this is somewhere around the best week we`ve had and we will recommend it to every golfer we meet on our way !!!
Thanks again - and we`ll come back to you for more details about next year as soon as possible.
Best Regards, Bjorg and Peter
Dear Helen & Jane
Thanks again for making our stay over Christmas & New Year so enjoyable! We had a delightful room with a great view, & it was good to see how nice the refurbished rooms were. It was also good to see that the staff has barely changed, we met "old" friends in every department & made a few new ones. We certainly appreciated the service & attention that has carried on from the dear old Garbe.
The golf & hire car arrangements were once again simple & efficient, & many thanks for the last minute changes you made to ensure we avoided the odd inclement day. We played 5 dry rounds on some of our usual courses. Salgados is becoming a favourite, followed by Silves which is always a challenge. We look forward to returning soon, as it's always a delight to see you all as well as the sunshine.
Ray & Barbara
Hello Jane & Helen,
Just a very quick word to let you know we had a wonderful time in the Hotel Garbe and the Algarve, the weather was exceptional and the golf was an added bonus.
Just to pass on a personal story regarding the golf, I played well on the Algarve golf courses and when I got home on Sunday I played in my home club competition and I had a Hole in One and I was also second overall in the competition. Thats my first Hole In One in 10 years of golf, the moral of the story is to practice and preferably in a warm climate.
Thanks & best regards and hopefully we may be back again in the future.
The golf society is in existance now for 14 years and apart from our Irish outings, this year in Portugal was our 7th overseas trip - 2 to Myrtle Beach USA, 2 to Spain, 2 to Portugal and 1 to South Africa. Having a drink in Jack's after we got back, all were agreed that our time with you was one of the best. Your hotel, the beach, the town, the golf, the craic and the sunshine would be hard to beat. I'm sure you will see some if not all of us visiting you again sometime.
Thanks again for all the arrangements and kind hospitality.
Thanks a million for the refund it is very much appreciated.
I have to say that everyone was really impressed with the hotel, the organisation of the whole break and most of all the incredible golf courses! I would like to thank you personally for how everything was very professional and just how you said it would be - well impressed!
In fact we were all so impressed that we would like to book again for next May maybe a week earlier and perhaps a bit longer. Flying out Thursday morning and coming back on Monday afternoon has been suggested! and playing three or four rounds of golf. Would be grateful if you could put some offers to us to play different courses. Everyone is ready to pay deposits so this looks like an annual event.
Thanks again Helen and wait to hear from you.
Wifie had a fantastic time, she really did chill out unwind and relax, she loved spending her days on the beach, and evenings in the Raj, it has certainly changed her ideas about self catering holidays. She's already asking when we can come back to the Garbe. Thank you all, for the flowers, cake and the strongbow a very nice touch, she was chuffed to bits.
The Go Karting was fantastic, we went there 3 times, first on the small karts then we had to make one last trip to go on the 390cc karts very fast and exciting most enjoyable. The golf was great to, Silves was awesome cant wait to play it again, The Gramacho now feels like my home course so I played really well round there ,its still my favourite.
Everyone of us had a brilliant time, it worked so well for all of us, a laugh a minute and I'm positive we will be celebrating many other special occasions at the Garbe, including my 50th, but that's a long way off yet Ha Ha.
Dear Jane and Helen,
Our trips seem to get better and better, and of course a lot has to do with the superb organisation that you put behind it, little touches like the list of our rooms for each member, and the directions and times to places, and of course your kind consideration when unavoidable things happen. Suffice to say that we be back to you in a few days to provisionally book courses, discuss terms and dates etc for next year.
Again many thanks, and sorry not to see Helen this time.
We had a memorable trip to the Algarve. We were very pleased with all the arrangements for our trip. The hotel was excellent. I liked Silves as a course but ALAMOS was my personal favourite.
We are hoping to return next year perhaps in June and perhaps with 3 or 4 people. I am sure that there are offers for that month. Thanks again. Yours in golfing,
Thanks for all of your organising once again. Quite how you manage to book the lovely sunshine is just amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and look forward to seeing you very soon.
As for coming over for the new year Jan looks good. If not I'll see you in May as planned and definitely again next October.
Now back to organising the golf Golf trip for May, there's been a few changes so I'll mail you our up to date itinerary when its ready.
All home safely, no surprise its 11 degrees and raining.
Sorry about last nights scare over the lost passports. He sends his apologies, and asks if he can have a discount off next years holiday as they only slept in their beds on Friday night. Saturday they slept on the beach and they rolled in at 6.30 am this morning just in time to pack, have breakfast and leave for the airport. I think that explains the passport situation.
Anyway all I can say is thanks a million, what a fantastic place, fantastic golf courses, fantastic food, brilliant service, lovely rooms, great pool, amazing beach, glorious weather etc etc etc and the beer wasn't bad either. Coming back again? you bet! all the lads have already given me their deposits, only this time it will be five nights. Thats if you'll have us back. I know we got a little loud on a few occasions, boys will be boys even though the average age was 47.
With our very kindest regards and best wishes from all the gang.
PS the birthday cake was the business!! THANKS to you all.
We're tired - exhausted in fact - but grinning from ear to ear. It was the most fantastic weekend away we can remember. Everything ran super smoothly (bar some of our golf and my navigation), the hotel was perfect and the golf courses ideal. Thankyou for arranging everything so well.
Our party had a wonderful time last week and wish to thank the hotel for making it so enjoyable. Everyone was very friendly and very welcoming.
In particular we would like to thank you for the efficient manner in which you arranged the holiday. Everything ran so smoothly and we greatly enjoyed the variety of golf courses we played, if not the golf itself!